The Minister of Labour, Mildred Oliphant has decided to adjust upwards the minimum wages for farming and forestry sectors.
It follows extensive consultations and consideration of submissions received from employers and employees both in the farming and forestry sectors.
“Wage adjustments are morally right so as to ensure that workers’ earnings keep pace with the rising cost of living while boosting the purchasing power which benefits the economy,” the minister said.
As at 1 March 2016, the minimum wage increases are adjusted as follows:
- Hour rate of R14.25 (2015/16: R13.37);
- Weekly rate of R641.32 (2015/16: 601.61);
- Monthly rate of R2778.83 (2015/16: R2606.78).
A daily wage for a farm worker is R128.26 (2015/16: R120.32) who works nine hours per day.
The department encouraged farmers in areas that are affected by drought to apply for ministerial variations in terms of section 50 of the Basic Conditions of Employment Act.
Section 50 makes provision for the Minister to replace or exclude any basic condition of employment provided for in the Act.
“My Department will expeditiously assist in processing variation applications. I further encourage farmers to solicit guidance on how to apply for variations from their relevant associations,” said Oliphant.